Controlling your IBD with medications during pregnancy
If you've been diagnosed with IBD and are considering pregnancy, or are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, you might be thinking about the safety of your medications for your baby. Rest assured, we're here to help you understand how IBD drugs may impact your pregnancy so you can have the information you need as you prepare for the future.
IBD medications and safety considerations
Anti-TNF agents taken pre – and post – pregnancy
The biologics REMICADE®, HUMIRA®, CIMZIA® and SIMPONI® are all considered safe during pregnancy. In fact, many doctors may start a woman on an anti-TNF during pregnancy rather than use steroids. CIMZIA® is unique in that it doesn't cross the placenta, so the infant isn't exposed to the therapy. However, if you're already on an anti-TNF that's working for you and isn't associated with complications, your doctor shouldn't switch you to CIMZIA.® Research on infants exposed to anti-tnf therapies during pregnancy does not suggest any increased risk for birth defects or developmental abnormalities.
JAK Kinase Inhibitors (Tofacitinib)
Take away message
Knowing which medications you can and can't take during pregnancy can feel overwhelming and confusing. However, doctors know what can help your situation without harming your little one. So whenever you consider taking a medicine or supplement during your pregnancy, always consult your doctor first. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to pharmaceuticals and pregnancy.